Narrative of a residence at the court of Meer Ali Moorad; with wild sports in the valley of the Indus. By Edward Archer Langley
1 2 SILK-WEAVING IN SINDH. long celebrated, but these are now completely eclipsed by the manufactures of Mooltan and Bhawulpoor. Every village has its weavers, by whom the country is supplied with that coarse cotton cloth in universal use throughout Sindh. The weaving is conducted in this wise: -the cotton, having been purchased in the raw state, is made over to the cleaners ; the instrument for beating it is the common triangular one, suspended from the roof; the string being of gut, the
... is not much injured by this process, which is that of the Pinjaras, or cotton cleaners of India. After being thus cleaned, the cotton is spun by the women of the establishment. The thread is then drawn out upon rows of small sticks, and afterwards soaked in water and flour. When taken out, it is again stretched upon sticks and exposed to the air. In this state it is rubbed with a large brush of tamarisk, and is then ready for the weaver. The weaving is the same as that adopted in Ceylon, the machine being suspended from the roof, and a hollow made below for the feet of the weaver, by which the upper and lower skeins of thread are raised and depressed as requisite. The cloth is generally made from a SILK-WEAVERS. O foot to eighteen inches in breadth, and thirty-six feet in length. Two of these pieces can be made in three days. The average price of cotton wool is about three seers per rupee, and from this three and a half pieces of cloth can be manufactm-ed. The cloth is sold at an average price of fourteen annas ; so that, as the whole process, except cleaning the wool, is carried out by the weaver and his family, his profits may be easily calculated. The best cloth is made from English thread, which is considered far superior in appearance and durability to that spun in Sindh. There are also silk-weavers in some parts of Sindh, the silk being imported from Kandahar, and occasionally dyed in Sindh. This province was formerly celebrated for its Loongees of silk and gold, but the only kind still manufactured is a checked cotton one with silk borders. Most natives of respectability wear cummerbunds of silk of showy colours, and the manufacture of the national head-dress is an important branch of trade.